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  • Oceanographers solve mystery of beach explosion

    08/13/2015 12:10:33 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 35 replies ^ | August 13, 2015 | by Todd Mcleish & Provided by: University of Rhode Island
    URI Oceanography Professors John King (second from right) and Arthur Spivack (right) watch as core samples are collected at Salty Brine State Beach following the explosion in July. Credit: Chris Deacutis ============================================================================================================================================= When an explosion beneath the sand at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett injured a visiting vacationer, state and local police and the bomb squad found no evidence of what may have caused the blast. So state officials turned to scientists at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography for answers. It didn't take long before they had solved the mystery. Janet Coit, director of the...
  • Record Flooding Could Mean Big Problems for Gulf of Mexico

    06/11/2015 12:07:50 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 77 replies
    KBTX ^ | 6-10-15 | Texas A&M University Press
    COLLEGE STATION - Record rainfall totals in many parts of Texas the past few weeks means a record amount of freshwater pouring into the Gulf of Mexico – as high as 10 times the normal rate – and that could lead to huge problems for marine life and commercial fishermen very soon, warns a Texas A&M University oceanographer. Steve DiMarco, professor of oceanography, says the huge rainfall amounts in the last month mean that such rivers as the Brazos, Trinity, Colorado and others currently are carrying record amounts of water flowing southward to the Gulf, similar to a situation that...
  • Satellites reveal hidden features at the bottom of Earth's seas

    10/02/2014 9:25:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 19 replies
    AAAS ^ | 2 October 2014 2:15 pm | Carolyn Gramling
    Oceanographers have a saying: Scientists know more about the surface of Mars than they do about the landscape at the bottom of our oceans. But that may soon change. Using data from satellites that measure variations in Earth’s gravitational field, researchers have found a new and more accurate way to map the sea floor. The improved resolution has already allowed them to identify previously hidden features—including thousands of extinct volcanoes more than 1000 meters tall—as well as piece together some lingering uncertainties in Earth’s ancient history. Roughly 90% of the deep-ocean sea floor remains unmapped, a fact that’s been thrown...
  • Surprising Trove of Gas Seeps Found Off East Coast

    06/21/2013 12:10:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies via Yahoo ^ | Jun 19, 2013 | Douglas Main
    On the seafloor just off of the U.S. East Coast lies a barely known world, explorations of which bring continual surprises. As recently as the mid-2000s, practically zero methane seeps — spots on the seafloor where gas leaks from the Earth's crust — were thought to exist off the East Coast; while one had been reported more than a decade ago, it was thought to be one of a kind. But in the past two years, additional studies have revealed a host of new areas of seafloor rich in seeps, said Laura Brothers, a research geologist at the U.S. Geological...
  • Oregon State University Wins Contract to Build New Oceanographic Research Vessels

    02/02/2013 10:37:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceInsider ^ | 1 February 2013 | Carolyn Gramling
    Enlarge Image Credit: UNOLS As many as three new coastal research vessels are slated to join the United States' oceanographic research fleet—and Oregon State University will take the lead in designing and building them, OSU President Edward Ray announced yesterday. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will give OSU an initial $3 million to coordinate the concept design; the total expected cost will be $290 million, assuming the U.S. Congress comes up with the money for the new ships. The vessels are part of a long-term plan to replace some of the vessels in the rapidly aging U.S. scientific fleet....
  • How an 1870s Marine Expedition Changed Oceanography and Drove Eight Sailors Insane

    03/21/2012 12:24:10 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 13 replies
    IO9 ^ | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    How an 1870s marine expedition changed oceanography and drove eight sailors insane When was the first voyage of the Challenger? No, not the Space Shuttle — the original Challenger, a sea ship that sailed in 1872. The HMS Challenger traversed the world's oceans for four years, drove some of its sailors completely insane, caused about a quarter of the crew to jump ship, and forever changed the face of ocean science. Is there a way to scroll past the nature channels without seeing one that describes the richness of the ocean and the life that teems in its depth? In...
  • Jeremy Jackson talks about How We Wrecked the Ocean ( at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.)

    05/17/2010 11:37:40 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 550+ views
    The Oil Drum ^ | May 17, 2010 - 10:24am | Gail the Actuary
    We have been hearing a lot about what the oil spill is doing to the ocean. But something else which is also concerning is the condition the ocean was in, even prior to the spill. We live in a finite world. Our continued mistreatment of the ocean, the reduced fish population, and the disappearance of large fish in the last 50 years are all serious concerns. Jeremy Jackson is the Ritter Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. In this talk, Professor Jackson lays out the shocking state...
  • Video of FLIP, The Wolds Strangest Ocean Vessel

    05/10/2010 3:48:39 PM PDT · by FredJake · 10 replies · 697+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/10/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP) Considering we live on a planet who's surface is 71% water, it only makes sense that we should understand as much about the oceans as we do dry land. So throughout the years there has been countless expeditions who's main purpose was to collect information about the vast bodies of water throughout the world. The men and women who have dedicated their lives to the specific purpose of unlocking the secrets of the vast waterworld that resides within our planet, have benefited from various vessels designed specifically to meet that challenge. Calypso In 1950, French explorer...
  • FLIP, The Wolds Strangest Ocean Vessel, How Does it Float? (Interesting Video)

    05/10/2010 7:32:32 AM PDT · by OneVike · 25 replies · 1,683+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/10/10 | Chuck Wolk
      Considering we live on a planet who's surface is 71% water, it only makes sense that we should understand as much about the oceans as we do dry land.  So throughout the years there has been countless expeditions who's main purpose was to collect information about the vast bodies of water throughout the world.  The men and women who have dedicated their lives to the specific purpose of unlocking the secrets of the vast waterworld that resides within our planet, have benefited from various vessels designed specifically to meet that challenge.  In 1950, French explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau acquired the...
  • Oceanography chief sacked after tsunami

    03/05/2010 6:07:35 PM PST · by myknowledge · 7 replies · 524+ views
    Nine News ^ | March 6, 2010
    Chile has sacked the head of the navy's Oceanography Service (SHOA), saying he failed to provide a clear warning of the killer tsunami that followed a huge earthquake. SHOA chief Mariano Rojas was immediately removed from the post, while the head of the Navy was opening an investigation "on the circumstances of the decision process after the natural catastrophe hit the country", an official statement said on Friday. Along with the emergency response agency ONEMI and the president's office, SHOA headed the official response to Saturday's massive 8.8-magnitude tremor and ensuing tsunami waves, which killed more than 800 people and...
  • Killer waves caused panic on cruise ship

    03/04/2010 2:49:20 PM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 30 replies · 1,712+ views
    AFP ^ | 03/04/2010 | AFP
    BARCELONA, Spain — Terrified passengers told Thursday how three giant rogue waves smashed through the front windows of a Mediterranean cruise ship killing two people and causing mass panic on the liner. The eight-metre (26-foot) high waves injured another 14 people, including one woman in "very serious condition" in hospital. Most of the 1,300 tourists were being repatriated from the Mv Louis Majesty to their home countries on Thursday. "It was a monster wave... it smashed all the windows. Everything happened so quickly," German passenger Margrit Woffe-Ternes told Spanish public television. Images filmed by a passenger showed screaming people fleeing...
  • Giant, Mucus-Like Sea Blobs on the Rise, Pose Danger

    10/10/2009 8:15:01 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 1,595+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | October 8, 2009 | Christine Dell'Amore
    Beware of the blob—this time, it's for real. As sea temperatures have risen in recent decades, enormous sheets of a mucus-like material have begun forming more often, oozing into new regions, and lasting longer, a new Mediterranean Sea study says. Up to 124 miles (200 kilometers) long, the mucilages appear naturally, usually near Mediterranean coasts in summer. The season's warm weather makes seawater more stable, which facilitates the bonding of the organic matter that makes up the blobs. Now, due to warmer temperatures, the mucilages are forming in winter too—and lasting for months. Until now, the light-brown "mucus" was seen...
  • Unmanned submarines glide across the ocean, putting Rutgers at leading edge of exploration

    08/23/2009 5:55:36 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 1,307+ views
    star ledger ^ | 08.22.09 | Judy Peet
    As millions of people watched Hurricane Bill batter the Dominican Republic via satellite last week, Drake sought a different view: from 3,000 feet beneath the pounding seas. Going where no man could, Drake, a 7-foot yellow robotic submarine from Rutgers University, proved there is yet another application for a fleet that university oceanographers hope will one day populate the globe. Already, Drake's sister ship, Scarlet, is two-thirds of the way toward completing the world's first trans-Atlantic crossing. Another Slocum glider, as oceanographers prefer to call the robo-subs, was launched off Sandy Hook Thursday on a ground-breaking mission to patrol the...
  • Robot sub reaches deepest ocean

    06/17/2009 9:01:50 AM PDT · by neverdem · 35 replies · 1,782+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 2009/06/03 | NA
    A robotic sub called Nereus has reached the deepest-known part of the ocean. The dive to 10,902m (6.8 miles) took place on 31 May, at the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench, located in the western Pacific Ocean. This makes Nereus the deepest-diving vehicle currently in service and the first vehicle to explore the Marianas Trench since 1998. The unmanned vehicle is remotely operated by pilots aboard a surface ship via a lightweight tether. Its thin, fibre-optic tether to the research vessel Kilo Moana allows the submersible to make deep dives and be highly manoeuvrable. THE NEREUS SUBMERSIBLE Weight on...
  • VIDEO: Robot Fish to Detect Ocean Pollution

    03/20/2009 3:54:58 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 4 replies · 389+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | March 20, 2009 | Christine Dell'Amore
    If it looks like a fish and swims like a fish, it usually is a fish. But not this new, lifelike robot fish developed by U.K. scientists. (Raw video below.) The prototype robot fish, modeled after carp, have been swimming around the London Aquarium as they await their release off northern Spain in 2011. Equipped with tiny chemical sensors, the fish will collect data on pollution in the port of Gijón and wirelessly transmit the information back to the port's control center.
  • The next frontier: 'Seasteading' the oceans

    02/03/2009 4:19:24 PM PST · by Cacique · 23 replies · 810+ views
    CNET ^ | 2-2-2009 | Declan McCullagh
    February 2, 2009 4:00 AM PST The next frontier: 'Seasteading' the oceans Posted by Declan McCullagh Patri Friedman, executive director of the Seasteading Institute, previously worked in Google's Mountain View headquarters as a software engineer.(Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET News) PALO ALTO, Calif.--This chic, tree-lined California town might seem an unlikely place to begin the colonization of Earth's oceans. Palo Alto is known for expensive modernism, Stanford University, al fresco dining, and land prices so high a modest cottage still sells for well over $1 million. If Patri Friedman gets his way, the area will also be remembered for birthing a political...
  • Acid oceans 'need urgent action' ( The oceans are absorbing CO2 and must stop....?)

    01/31/2009 7:56:51 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 53 replies · 1,146+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, 30 January 2009 15:42 GMT, | BBC Alarmist...
    The world's marine ecosystems risk being severely damaged by ocean acidification unless there are dramatic cuts in CO2 emissions, warn scientists. More than 150 top marine researchers have voiced their concerns through the "Monaco Declaration", which warns that changes in acidity are accelerating. The declaration, supported by Prince Albert II of Monaco, builds on findings from an earlier international summit. It says pH levels are changing 100 times faster than natural variability. Based on the research priorities identified at The Ocean in a High CO2 World symposium, held in October 2008, the declaration states: "We scientists who met in Monaco...
  • Oceans are cooling according to NASA

    01/21/2009 4:04:36 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies · 3,326+ views ^ | January 21, 2009 | Justin Berk
    Two separate studies through NASA confirm that since 2003, the world's oceans have been losing heat. In the peak of the recent warming trend, 1998 actually ranked 2nd to 1934 as the warmest year on record. John Willis, an oceanographer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, published his first report about the warming oceans. He used data from1993-2003 that showed the warm-up and followed the Global Warming Theory. In 2006, he co-piloted a follow-up study led by John Lyman at Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle that updated the time series for 2003-2005. Surprisingly, the ocean seemed to have cooled. He...
  • Bush to create three Pacific marine sanctuaries

    01/05/2009 3:41:36 PM PST · by decimon · 10 replies · 554+ views
    MSNBC ^ | Jan. 5, 2009 | staff and news service reports
    Size is reduced from what activists sought, but they plan to lobby Obama> The marine areas — totaling 195,280 square miles — are: * In the northern Pacific, waters at the northern end of the Northern Mariana Islands, including the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of Earth's oceans at 36,000 feet. * In American Samoa, the Rose Atoll — the world’s smallest coral atoll and one of the most remote. * In the central Pacific, coral reefs, pinnacles, sea mounts, islands and surrounding waters of Johnston Atoll, Howland, Baker and Jarvis Islands, Kingman Reef, Palmyra Atoll and Wake Island. These...
  • Plankton’s death bloom a warning on warming oceans

    12/06/2008 8:05:55 PM PST · by Coleus · 30 replies · 957+ views ^ | November 23, 2008 | david perlman
    Vanishing Arctic sea ice brought on by climate change is causing the crucially important microscopic marine plants called phytoplankton to bloom explosively and die away as never before, a phenomenon that is likely to create havoc among migratory creatures that rely on the ocean for food, Stanford scientists have found. A few organisms may benefit from this disruption of the Arctic’s fragile ecology, but a variety of animals, from gray whales to seabirds, will suffer, said Stanford biological oceanographer Kevin Arrigo. "It’s all a question of timing," Arrigo said. "If migratory animals reach the Arctic and find the phytoplankton’s gone,...
  • Mystery waves hit Maine

    11/04/2008 4:39:01 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 63 replies · 6,661+ views ^ | November 4, 2008 | Megan Woolhouse
    Dockworker Marcy Ingall saw a giant wave in the distance last Tuesday afternoon and stopped in her tracks. It was an hour before low tide in Maine's Boothbay Harbor, yet without warning, the muddy harbor floor suddenly filled with rushing, swirling water. Squall-line surges and rogue waves In 15 minutes, the water rose 12 feet, then receded. And then it happened again. It occurred three times, she said, each time ripping apart docks and splitting wooden pilings.
  • Oceans on the Precipice: Scripps Scientist Warns of Mass Extinctions and 'Rise of Slime'

    08/14/2008 3:28:30 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies · 632+ views
    Human activities are cumulatively driving the health of the world's oceans down a rapid spiral, and only prompt and wholesale changes will slow or perhaps ultimately reverse the catastrophic problems they are facing. Such is the prognosis of Jeremy Jackson, a professor of oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, in a bold new assessment of the oceans and their ecological health. Publishing his study in the online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Jackson believes that human impacts are laying the groundwork for mass extinctions in the oceans on par...
  • Scientific sleuths find seas warming, rising faster

    06/21/2008 4:00:52 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 29 replies · 73+ views
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Scientific detective work has uncovered a decades-old glitch in ocean temperature measurements and revealed that the world's seas are warming and rising faster than previously reported. Fellow report author John Church said he had long been suspicious about the historical data because it did not match results from computer models of the world's climate and oceans. "We've realigned the observations and as a result the models agree with the observations much better than previously," said Church, a senior research scientist with the climate centre.
  • Delta rocket to fly from California early Friday (Sighting Opportunity?)

    06/19/2008 10:20:22 PM PDT · by cabojoe · 14 replies · 200+ views
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 6-19-2008 | Justin Ray
    A joint American and European oceanography satellite designed to continue a growing legacy of monitoring changes in sea levels and the impacts on the global climate awaits an overnight blastoff Friday morning from California.
  • Has An Ocean Circulation Collapse Been Triggered?

    02/25/2008 3:49:50 PM PST · by blam · 71 replies · 175+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-25-2008 | Penn State
    Has An Ocean Circulation Collapse Been Triggered?Geoscientists warn that there can be a considerable delay between the triggering of a collapse of the North Atlantic meridional overturning circulation and the actual collapse. (Credit: iStockphoto/Emmanuelle Combaud) ScienceDaily (Feb. 25, 2008) — Predictions that the 21st century is safe from major circulation changes in the North Atlantic Ocean may not be as comforting as they seem, according to a Penn State researcher. "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that it is very unlikely that the North Atlantic meridional overturning circulation (MOC) will collapse in the 21st century. They predict a probability...
  • BLACK-GOLD BLUES Discovery backs theory oil not 'fossil fuel'

    02/02/2008 1:52:27 AM PST · by Fred Nerks · 143 replies · 21,257+ views
    WND ^ | February 1, 2008 | By Jerome R. Corsi
    New evidence supports premise that Earth produces endless supply ------------------ A study published in Science Magazine today presents new evidence supporting the abiotic theory for the origin of oil, which asserts oil is a natural product the Earth generates constantly rather than a "fossil fuel" derived from decaying ancient forests and dead dinosaurs. The lead scientist on the study – Giora Proskurowski of the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle – says the hydrogen-rich fluids venting at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in the Lost City Hydrothermal Field were produced by the abiotic synthesis of...
  • Walruses die; global warming blamed

    12/14/2007 12:13:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 220+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/14/07 | Dan Joling - ap
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - In what some scientists see as another alarming consequence of global warming, thousands of Pacific walruses above the Arctic Circle were killed in stampedes earlier this year after the disappearance of sea ice caused them to crowd onto the shoreline in extraordinary numbers. The deaths took place during the late summer and fall on the Russian side of the Bering Strait, which separates Alaska from Russia. "It was a pretty sobering year — tough on walruses," said Joel Garlach-Miller, a walrus expert for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Unlike seals, walruses cannot swim indefinitely. The giant,...
  • Biologist fired for beliefs, suit says (Fired for belief in Creationism)

    12/08/2007 8:24:31 PM PST · by AKSurprise · 169 replies · 437+ views ^ | 12/07/07 | Beth Daley
    "The battle between science and creationism has reached the prestigious Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where a former researcher is claiming he was fired because he doesn't believe in evolution. Nathaniel Abraham filed a lawsuit earlier this week in US District Court in Boston saying that the Cape Cod research center dismissed him in 2004 because of his Christian belief that the Bible presents a true account of human creation. Abraham, who is seeking $500,000 in compensation for a violation of his civil rights, says in the suit that he lost his job as a postdoctoral researcher in a biology lab...
  • Geologists have ringside seats for an ocean's birth ~~ A new sea forming in Africa

    07/20/2006 9:08:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 87 replies · 3,674+ views
    The Register ^ | Thursday 20th July 2006 08:36 GMT | Lucy Sherriff
    A rift that opened in Africa after a massive earthquake last September could be the beginning of a new Ocean, scientists say. The crack in the ground appeared along a fault line in the Afar desert in Ethiopia. The crack is heading for the Red Sea. If it makes it that far, it would carve a new ocean that would separate Eritrea and part of Ethiopia (both of which lie on the Arabian plate) from the rest of the continent, creating a new island.Satellite data collected since the quake shows that the rift is widening at an unprecedented rate, according...
  • Undersea slide set off giant flow

    11/22/2007 3:56:49 PM PST · by george76 · 48 replies · 413+ views
    BBC News ^ | 22 November 2007 | Paul Rincon
    An enormous underwater landslide 60,000 years ago produced the longest flow of sand and mud yet found on Earth. The landslide off the coast of north-west Africa dumped 225 billion metric tonnes of sediment into the ocean in a matter of hours or days. The flow travelled 1,500km (932 miles) - the distance from London to Rome - before depositing its sediment. The work, by a British team of researchers has been published in the academic journal Nature. The massive surge put down the same amount of sediment that comes out of all the world's rivers combined over a period...
  • One Of Deep Ocean's Most Turbulent Areas Has Big Impact On Climate

    08/11/2007 11:44:25 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 1,158+ views
    Science Daily ^ | August 10, 2007 | Florida State University
    Science Daily — More than a mile beneath the Atlantic's surface, roughly halfway between New York and Portugal, seawater rushing through the narrow gullies of an underwater mountain range much as winds gust between a city's tall buildings is generating one of the most turbulent areas ever observed in the deep ocean. In fact, the turbulence packs an energy wallop equal to about five million watts -- comparable to output from a small nuclear reactor, according to a landmark study led by Florida State University researcher Louis St. Laurent and described in the August 9 edition of the journal Nature....
  • Scientists probe 'hole in Earth'

    03/01/2007 1:44:57 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 14 replies · 715+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, March 1, 2007
    A drill will be used to extract samples of the exposed mantle Scientists are to sail to the mid-Atlantic to examine a massive "open wound" on the Earth's surface.Dr Chris MacLeod, from Cardiff University, said the Earth's crust appeared to be completely missing in an area thousands of kilometres across. The hole in the crust is midway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The team will survey the area, up to 5km (3 miles) under the surface, from ocean research vessel RRS James Cook. The ship is on its inaugural voyage after being...
  • New Zealand fishermen land massive squid

    02/23/2007 5:53:48 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 392+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | February 22, 2007
    New Zealand fishermen may have caught the largest Colossal squid ever found -- weighing around 450kg (992 pounds) and with rings the size of tires.The adult Colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) was caught by fishermen long lining for toothfish in deep ocean off Antarctica, New Zealand Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton said on Thursday in announcing the catch.The squid was still alive when caught and was eating a hooked toothfish when hauled aboard, Anderton said in a statement."The squid was almost dead when it reached the surface, and the careful work of the crew was paramount in getting this specimen aboard in...
  • Force of nature parts the Red Sea (Geologists believe they are witnessing the creation of an ocean)

    07/21/2006 8:59:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 1,206+ views
    Times Online ^ | July 21, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    THE Red Sea is parting in a way that could create a new ocean basin and redraw the map of Africa and Arabia. A huge rift that appeared last year along a fault in the Afar desert in Ethiopia, where the African and Arabian tectonic plates meet, has provided the strongest indication yet of how the plates are separating to create a new sea. Geologists believe that they are witnessing a tectonic process similar to the one that formed the Atlantic Ocean, as adjacent plates push apart over millions of years to alter the shape of the continents. While the...
  • Scientists capture giant squid on camera

    09/27/2005 5:24:09 PM PDT · by SinisterDexter · 87 replies · 5,672+ views
    Reuters - YAHOO! ^ | 9/27/05 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - Japanese scientists have taken the first photographs of one of the most mysterious creatures in the deep ocean -- the giant squid. Until now the only information about the behavior of the creatures which measure up to 18 meters (59 feet) in length has been based on dead or dying squid washed up on shore or captured in commercial fishing nets. But Tsunemi Kubodera, of the National Science Museum, and Kyoichi Mori of the Ogasawara Whale Watching Association, both in Tokyo have captured the first images of Architeuthis attacking bait 900 meters (yards) below the surface in...
  • Robots take scientists into sea depths

    08/02/2005 12:42:11 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 7 replies · 624+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 7/29/05 | Tom Paulson
    Think of it as the Mars Rover but at the bottom of the ocean, remotely exploring our own planet's most alien landscape for scientists back at mission control. "This is how the science is going to be done," said Deborah Kelley, a University of Washington oceanographer. In 2000, Kelley led an expedition using a manned submersible to explore the deep Atlantic Ocean. Her team stumbled upon something never seen before. The researchers discovered a startlingly massive collection of limestone towers located miles away from the tectonic "spreading" cracks in the seafloor that typically produce such structures. Some of these hydrothermal...
  • Octopus seen walking on two legs like a human (includes video)

    03/27/2005 3:20:41 PM PST · by Stoat · 52 replies · 20,532+ views
    KATU -2 News (Oregon) / AP ^ | March 25, 2005 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    Octopus seen walking on two legs like a human   VIDEO   By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - Octopuses, known for using camouflage to avoid predators, have been observed apparently trying to sneak away by walking on two arms while pretending to be a bunch of algae. Two kinds of octopus were seen to use different ways of walking along the sea floor, researchers were reporting in Friday's issue of the journal Science. The movements were discovered by Christine L. Huffard of the University of California, Berkeley, who was studying underwater video camera tapes of the...
  • British Navy releases photo of underwater landslide that caused tsunami

    02/11/2005 2:14:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies · 2,394+ views
    IndiaDaily ^ | Feb. 11, 2005 | Richard Black
    UK scientists have released images of the ocean floor near the epicentre of December's giant Asian earthquake. They were obtained by the Royal Navy's hydrographic survey ship HMS Scott. The three-dimensional pictures detail the deformed seabed 150km (94 miles) off the Sumatran coast, and reveal huge underwater landslides. Researchers involved in the project believe the images may help in the design of the tsunami early warning system to be built in the region. "There are features which we would think are something like the Grand Canyon would look," Tim Henstock, one of the scientists on board HMS Scott, told BBC...
  • U.S. Naval ship surveying Malacca Straits off Aceh coastline

    01/19/2005 1:33:05 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 1,393+ views
    Jakarta Post ^ | 1/19/2005
    SINGAPORE (DPA): A U.S. Navy vessel is surveying the seabed in the Malacca Straits' shipping lanes off Indonesia's Aceh province to determine if there have been any depth changes from the massive earthquake and tsunami, a published report said on Wednesday. No problems have been reported so far by the nearly 4,000 commercial ships that have transited the straits since the Dec. 26 tsunami, which devastated coastal communities from Malaysia to Somalia. A warning to mariners from the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGIA), published in The BusinessTimes, said, "Major changes have likely occurred in the topography of the coastline and...
  • New Deep-Sea Research Vessel Holds Promise

    08/06/2004 1:03:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 696+ views
    AP on Yahoo - Science ^ | 8/6/04 | Randolph E. Schmid - AP
    WASHINGTON - A new deep-sea research vessel will be able to carry people to 99 percent of the ocean floor, diving deeper than the famed Alvin that pioneered the study of seafloor vents, plate tectonics and deep ocean creatures over the past 40 years. The new American submersible will provide the tools to reach "not for the stars but for the depths," Robert Gagosian, president of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, said Friday at a briefing at the National Science Foundation (news - web sites). France, Russia and Japan also operate deep sea research vessels and China is building one,...
  • New Evidence Suggests Early Oceans Bereft of Oxygen for Eons

    03/07/2004 3:45:13 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 21 replies · 481+ views
    NewsWise ^ | 3/4/04
    Description: Geochemists have uncovered evidence that Earth's ancient oceans were much different from today's. New data shows that Earth's life-giving oceans contained less oxygen than today's and could have been nearly devoid of oxygen for a billion years longer than previously thought.Newswise — As two rovers scour Mars for signs of water and the precursors of life, geochemists have uncovered evidence that Earth's ancient oceans were much different from today's. The research, published in this week's issue of the journal Science, cites new data that shows that Earth's life-giving oceans contained less oxygen than today's and could have been nearly...
  • Ocean Studies May Be Heading to Space [Life on Titan?]

    02/14/2004 2:30:09 PM PST · by ambrose · 14 replies · 243+ views
    AP ^ | 2/14/04
    Ocean Studies May Be Heading to Space By PAUL RECER, AP Science Writer SEATTLE - The skills and technology used to explore the extreme depths of the Earth's oceans will soon find work in outer space. Scientists are making plans to probe the icy seas of Jupiter's moons and drop a lander to the bizarre gasoline-like lakes of Titan, a moon of Saturn. "The possibilities of studying the extraterrestrial oceans in the solar system is now real," said Torrence Johnson, a scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Johnson, speaking Saturday at the national meeting of the American Association for the...
  • The Ice Age Cometh?

    09/27/2003 7:50:35 AM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 83 replies · 739+ views
    WeatherBug Meteorologist, ^ | 8AM EDT, September 26, 2003 | By Justin Consor
    Do abrupt climate shifts occur as part of a natural cycle? Despite growing evidence that humans affect climate via urbanization and greenhouse gas emissions, the natural climate cycle may have the final say. Research from Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf at Germany`s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research suggests that the earth`s climate is characterized by an extraordinarily regular cycle of about 1470 years. He found that the five most recent cycles had a standard deviation of only 32 years. Rahmstorf examined ice cores from Greenland. Going back before the 20th century, when weather stations were nonexistent or widely dispersed, ice cores...
  • Deep Under the Sea, Boiling Founts of Life Itself

    09/09/2003 11:04:45 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 53 replies · 518+ views
    The New York Times ^ | September 9, 2003 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    hat started as a hunch is now illuminating the origins of life. A few years back, Dr. Derek R. Lovley and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts found that a few kinds of bacteria used iron as a means of respiration (just as humans use oxygen to burn food) and that a surprising but common byproduct of this form of microbial breathing was magnetite, a hard black magnetic mineral. The scientists wondered if hidden swarms of microbes might account for the vast deposits of magnetite that dot the earth and sea. So they turned to one of the strangest, most...
  • Report: Coral reefs dying off

    08/15/2003 9:42:55 AM PDT · by cogitator · 37 replies · 1,353+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 08/15/2003 | Mike Toner
    Report: Coral Reefs Dying OffPollution, overfishing and climate change have severely damaged one-third of the world's coral reefs and could destroy another third in the next 30 years, scientists warned Thursday. "There are no pristine reefs left," the researchers reported in the journal Science. They predicted that without "radical changes" in efforts to save the world's reefs, "close to 60 percent of them could be lost by 2030." The report -- based on hundreds of historical documents, fishing records and scientific studies using sources as diverse as early ship's logs to modern environmental surveys -- is the most comprehensive...
  • Cousteau family row may sink his ark

    07/27/2003 6:14:40 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 7 replies · 446+ views
    The Guardian (U.K.) ^ | 07/28/03 | Jon Henley
    Watery grave awaits famous vessel in dispute over its future For 40 years it was the mythical flagship of that most emblematic - and heavily-accented - of Frenchmen, the undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau. Under his command it sailed the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Antarctic, the Nile, the Amazon, and the Yangtze, revealing their murky secrets to captivated television viewers around the world. Now the Calypso, its superstructure riddled with rust and its timbers rotten, languishes unrecognised and all but unrecognisable in the dock of La Rochelle's maritime museum, as a legal wrangle threatens to send it to the place...
  • Sea floor survey reveals deep hole

    07/16/2003 2:55:51 PM PDT · by Sweet_Sunflower29 · 24 replies · 306+ views ^ | July 16, 2003
    Scientists have identified a region of the sea floor whose depth rivals that of the Challenger Deep which, at about 11,000 metres (36,000 feet), is the lowest spot on Earth. The new location lies 200 kilometres (124 miles) further to the east, along the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific. It was found during a sonar sea-floor mapping project carried out in 1997 and 2001 by scientists from Hawaii, US. The Challenger Deep has been visited by a number of manned and unmanned submersibles since its discovery, but at present there is no craft in operation that can survive the...
  • Far-Flung Bathtub Toys (Rubber Ducks) Due in New England After Floating for 10 Years

    07/11/2003 11:56:55 AM PDT · by dfwgator · 19 replies · 8,229+ views
    Associated Press ^ | GREG SUKIENNIK
    BOSTON - Being thrown from a container ship, drifting for more than a decade, bobbing through three oceans — it's enough to turn a rubber duckie white.   A floating flock of the bathtub toys — along with beavers, turtles and frogs — is believed to be washing ashore somewhere along the New England coast, bleached and battered from a trans-Arctic journey. Oceanographers say the trip has taught them valuable lessons about the ocean's currents. The toys have been adrift since 29,000 of them fell from a storm-tossed container ship en route from China to Seattle more than 11 years...
  • Giant sea creature baffles Chilean scientists

    07/02/2003 6:02:01 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 77 replies · 924+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/02/03 | Reuters
    <p>SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) --Chilean scientists were baffled on Tuesday by a huge, gelatinous sea creature found washed up on the southern Pacific coast and were seeking international help identifying the mystery specimen.</p> <p>The dead creature was mistaken for a beached whale when first reported about a week ago, but experts who went to see it said the 40-foot-long (12-meter) mass of decomposing lumpy grey flesh apparently was an invertebrate.</p>

    07/01/2003 3:20:51 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 41 replies · 836+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | 7-1-03 | Hans Greimel
    World's Deepest-Diving Submarine Missing Tuesday July 1, 2003 12:49 AM By HANS GREIMEL Associated Press Writer TOKYO (AP) - The world's deepest-diving submarine has disappeared in the choppy Pacific Ocean off Japan, a setback to deep-sea research on everything from earthquakes to rare bacteria. Kaiko, a bright yellow submarine which entered the record books in 1995 by diving 36,008 feet to the bottom of the Challenger Deep - the ocean's deepest point - snapped its tether as a typhoon approached in late May and has been missing since then, officials said Monday. Daniel J. Fornari, chief scientist for deep submergence...